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Visual Resource Earthquake Damage Wainoni Christchurch NZ

NZ earthquake creates havoc: Natures Shape helps to restore balance

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While the devastation of an earthquake happens in an instant, the impact on people and their homes takes years to rectify. Sharon & Gary living in Christchurch, New Zealand are two such people.

After contacting Visual Resource in late 2014, interested in an original artwork for their kitchen splashback, we discovered Sharon & Gary’s home was being rebuilt following the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes. The foundations of their home had broken and sunk causing twisting and warping of the entire house. Damaged beyond repair, insurance would cover the very basics of a rebuild, but not ‘nice to have’ items like VR Art Glass.

After considering the trauma of loosing a home to an earthquake, along with the hardship of rebuilding, Michael wrote to Sharon in Oct 2014 to offer:

Dear Sharon,

Toni and I were both touched by your circumstances and would be delighted to provide that ‘wow’ factor for your kitchen.  So if it helps we are happy to offer this artwork to you at… no charge!


Four and a half years after the earthquake disaster and living elsewhere, the rebuild is now (finally) complete; the couple is back in their home with this to say…


February 2016

Hi Michael,

Our new splashback is now installed and looks awesome.

Thank you so much to Toni and yourself for your generosity in allowing us the use of this fabulous artwork. Anyone that has visited us has said how amazing it looks.

Thank you both once again.

Sharon & Gary

Wainoni, Christchurch NZ

Visual Resource NZ Original Home DEMOLITION

Pictured during the demolition stage, the original home was damaged beyond repair during the 2010 / 2011 NZ earthquakes.


VR ArtGlass printed glass splashback NATURES SHAPE 4 by photographer Michael Collins for VISUAL RESOURCE

Kitchen splashback featuring VR artwork ‘Natures Shape # 4’

VR Artwork NATURES SHAPE 4 printed glass kitchen splashback by Michael Collins Photographer

VR Artworks are created by photographer Michael Collins, available exclusively from Visual Resource.



Visual Resource NZ Earthquake HOME after rebuid

Home again! “We are so very happy to be back in our new house after living four and a half years elsewhere.” Sharon


Gary & Sharon, for selecting the beautiful VR artwork ‘Natures Shape # 4’  for your new kitchen, we say thank you.  May it bring you years of calm and enjoyment.

Toni & Michael Collins



Kylies custom cakes SANTA award winning celebration cakes

A kitchen design to inspire: creative cakes to amaze

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More than the pulsing heart of a family home, this impressive kitchen is also the creative hub for ‘Kylie’s Custom Cakes’, a business managed by Kylie Rischitelli.

While the business is officially quite young, the apprenticeship has been extensive. Kylie has been the family cake maker for over 20 years. Now a prize winning cake maker, Kylie has turned her passion into a career.

Prior to the recent renovation, the old kitchen wore a 1980’s colour palette. Picture floor tiles in tones of pink, grey and white, combined with solid timber cupboard doors and beige coloured benches and splashback. I was a teen in the 80’s, so I know how long ago that era was. The kitchen had done its work! A renovation was not only for the family; it was also needed to meet Council requirements for Kylie to register her business.


VR ArtGlass printed glass kitchen splashback artwork by Visual Resource Melbourne CHARCOAL 1

The spacious kitchen is vast in size – with as much again to the left (not pictured here).


The Design

The design process for the renovation involved considering Kylie’s needs from the kitchen, along with a selection of finishes to transform the space from the darker, heavier, solid timber feel it had been. With husband Leo a professional cabinetmaker and shop fitter, along with Kylie’s clear vision on what was needed, the kitchen design evolved collaboratively. Leo completed the design drawings, taking care of all the finer details, along with the build.


The End Result

  • The ‘Turino’ stone bench tops shine: creating a bright, open and inviting space.
  • The ‘Charred Makassar’ cabinetry finish with organic, natural timber grain reflects an individual style, well suited to the creative spirit the home emanates.
  •  ‘Charcoal # 1’ artwork featured on the VR Art Glass splashback was selected for its earthy colours and design, complimenting the kitchen beautifully.
  •  And with 56 drawers and 10 cupboards the kitchen has everything Kylie, Leo and the entire family could have hoped for.


The spacious, light filled and superbly appointed kitchen now enables Kylie’s creative business to flourish. Of course, Kylie will make all sorts of cakes to suit the needs of your occasion: cupcakes, cake pops, biscuits to name a few. Pictured here are some of her 3D and novelty cakes, which are just amazing.


To see more of the stunning cake designs Kylie conjures up after listening to what her clients have in mind, please visit:


Kitchen Finishes

Finishes within the kitchen include:

  • Bench tops – Quantum Quartz Stone, (colour) Turino
  • Timber cabinetry doors – Charred Makassar
  • White cabinetry doors & drawers – StyleLite high gloss acrylic
  • Splashback – VR Art Glass featuring ‘Charcoal # 1’ artwork from the Seasons Collection
VR Art Glass Printed Glass Splashback photo art by Michael Collins CHARCOAL 1

VR Art Glass kitchen splashback featuring ‘Charcoal # 1’ from the Seasons Collection.



Kylies custom cakes POPPIES award winning celebration cakes

All cakes pictured (here & above), won first place in their categories at the Dandenong Show. ‘Poppies’ also won first place at the Melbourne Show for the Celebration Cake category.


Kylies custom cakes - ingredients and cupcake tins storage

One Council requirement for a home based cooking business is to have your ingredients stored separately. This requirement is well achieved by the sizeable cake & decorating pantry.

VR ArtGlass printed glass kitchen splashback artwork by Visual Resource Melbourne CHARCOAL 1

VR ARTWORKS – anywhere you want them!

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As you peruse through the VR Galleries, pick out your favourite artwork and ask yourself…

‘where would this look great in my home or workspace?’

Perhaps you have a bathroom or kitchen project planned where a feature splashback will be just the thing to make your space unique – a reflection of your individual style.

Or… maybe now is the ideal time to fill that blank wall, crying out for some love.


Where ever you need the addition of art – it is possible!


For some inspiration to spark your creative ideas, here are two examples where VR Artworks have become welcome additions.

The first (pictured above): VR Art Glass featuring ‘Charcoal # 1’ from the Seasons Collection adds the finishing touch to a carefully renovated kitchen.  (More about this beautiful kitchen and the professional cake maker who enjoys working within it… in the new year.)

The second (pictured below): Wall Art to unify the colour scheme and enhance the ambience of a financial services workspace. The office enjoys numerous pieces selected from the ‘New Elements Collection’, each created using the premium ‘Urban Presentation’ finish. The addition of the artworks completes a new fit out and move to a larger, higher profile destination for this successful business.


Anywhere you can imagine the addition of stunning VR Artwork – we can assist with a recommended finish, perfect for the location. Let your imagination run wild.

VR Artwork Wall Art for Office Reception NEW ELEMENTS by Visual Resoruce

VR Artwork ’21 New Elements’ adds a warming addition to the reception area.


VR Artwork Wall Art for Office NEW ELEMENTS by Visual Resource

VR Artwork ’13 New Elements’. A welcome addition to a successful financial services workspace.


VR Artwork wall art by Visual Resource NEW ELEMENTS photo art by Michael Collins

VR Artwork ’13 New Elements’, created using the premium ‘Urban Presentation’ finish. VR wall art completes the new fit out.


Kitchen renovation - printed splashback - photographic art by Michael Collins NATURES SHAPE 17

Crisp white kitchen renovation = elegance personified

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The owner of this sharply renovated Sydney residence had a clear vision for her kitchen…

“The artwork from Visual Resource compliments and reflects the garden that surrounds.
I look at the splashback as a beautiful piece of art hanging in my kitchen.”


The kitchen of the Sydney north shore home confidently greets with effortless sophistication.

The finishes: each element carefully selected and few of them, demonstrating minimalist restraint.

The result: the homeowner adores her kitchen, ‘I would not change a thing’, Carol said.

Printed kitchen splashback - VR Art Glass - photographic art NATURES SHAPE 17 by Michael Collins for VISUAL RESOURCE

VR Artwork ‘Natures Shape # 17’, within the Abstract Gallery. The splashback features within the sharply renovated Sydney north shore residence.


A kitchen teeming with natural light, adorned by the lush, vivid green garden – it is simply a triumph.

Enough about what we think… the homeowner shared her kitchen joy with VR when she recently wrote:

Hi Toni,

We are very happy with the image that we chose for the splashback and we have had so many compliments.

I look at the splashback as a beautiful piece of art hanging in my kitchen.

You have been a pleasure to work with and we have recommended your company to so many people. When we renovate our next house we would love to work with you again.

Kind regards,



VR Art Glass by Visual Resource Printed Glass Splashback Pellegrinis Melbourne Streetscene

Why opt for an original artwork splashback?

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You don’t want your home to be just like everyone else’s, and you know individuality lies in the detail. That’s why you’re after a bespoke splashback, because focal points such as this set a home apart and give it a sense of your style and personality.

These days a splashback can be a veritable work of art right in the very heart of your home. This is particularly true if you consider using original photographic artwork as the source of your splashback creative.

Discerning home owners come to Visual Resource because they appreciate that we are first and foremost providers of the highest quality, most stunning bespoke photographic artwork produced by professional photographer Michael Collins. Over the years we have become incredibly skilled in printing these images onto the most spectacular mediums; splashbacks having become one of the most popular choices of ‘canvas’.


Imagine your next dinner party. Guests come over early in the evening and drinks are poured, nibbles are enjoyed, and conversation flows whilst a meal is prepared. For many of us, it is the kitchen that is the soul of a home and it’s here much of the socialising is done until meals are served.

And it’s moments like this when your original artwork splashback really comes into its own.

Such a splashback is an incredible backdrop – it can deliver the interior anchor for the entire space and be a regular talking point. It can be that coveted feature everyone else envies yet is unlikely to ever have, given its carefully managed limited release.


If you are considering original artwork for your splashback, then it is imperative you research beforehand so that you are assured a bespoke piece. It would be heartbreaking to invest in a supposed original, only to later discover that ‘your’ image is in fact available en-masse, and has been used generically by companies on brochures or merchandise, therefore compromising the integrity of your interior. Removing a splashback is not as easy – nor as cost effective – as simply taking down a framed photograph from a wall…

Dubova WHITE FLOWERS image for a ktichen splashback

The splashback impression is for example only and based on ‘WHITE FLOWERS’, an image created by Dubova – available from Shutterstock. ‘White Flowers’ is not an original artwork created by VR, or offered within VR Collections.

Tshirt mug - could your splashback art end up here

It would be heartbreaking to invest in a supposed original, only to discover that ‘your’ image is in fact available en-masse, used generically by companies on brochures or merchandise. Imagine seeing your splashback image on a T-shirt!



We know this is more than just a splashback – this is a feature in the home you are so carefully creating.

We understand that it is the calibre of the artwork that is of upmost and enduring importance; the glazing and print solution must adhere to this high standard. Approaching this process the other way around – selecting a generic image after the glazing and printing solution – can lead to long-lasting disappointment if not managed by knowledgeable professionals.

Our consultants have extensive experience in this and every other stage of the creative process – we help you select the ultimate artwork for your home, and we work fastidiously to ensure the finished piece is seamless, remarkable, and precisely what you always had in mind.

This is not merely a splashback – this is a work of art in your home.

VRArtGlass printed glass splashback featuring artwork PAINTED BY LIGHT 5 by Visual Resource

Home Show Melbourne – Apr 9 to 12, 2015

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Are you building, renovating or making home improvements? 

If you are… a visit to the Melbourne HIA Home Show is an opportunity to discover stunning finishes like VR Art Glass for your kitchen, bathroom or wall art.

On display will be full sized VR Art Glass splashbacks featuring artworks from the Abstract and Modern VR Galleries.  Artworks include:  

Colour Splash # 1 – from the Colour Splash Collection  (Abstract Gallery)

Melbourne Skyline # 7 – from the Melbourne Skyline Collection  (Modern Gallery)

Painted by Light # 5 – from the Seasons Collection  (Abstract Gallery)

Another reason to visit the VR Art Glass exhibit by Visual Resource… a prize offer is available giving you the chance to win $1,500 off the price of your VR Art Glass feature. 

We hope to see you at the Home Show.   Here are a few details to help you plan your visit:

EVENT: The HIA Melbourne Home Show   

WHEN: Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 April 2015

WHERE: Melbourne Exhibition Centre

VISIT:  VR Art Glass, Stand A46 in the Kitchens & Bathrooms zone

VRArtGlass printed glass splashback MELBOURNE photo art by Michael Collins PELLEGRINIS

VR Art Glass combines exclusive collections of photo artwork created by Visual Resource – with toughened glass.
Making VR Art Glass a durable and beautiful splashback option.

Visual Resource Printed Glass Splashbacks Melbourne

Can I use my own image for my kitchen splashback?

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The answer comes in a few sizes: first there is the short version, then medium… and full-scale large reply.  I am not trying to be tricky… there really is a lot to be said to answer the question fully. 

First the short, quick and simple answer – “Yes!”


Yes, you can use your own image for your splashback, and the success of it will depend on your splashback size and the quality of the image file you can provide.


Now… for those among you who cannot get enough about pixels, DPI and megabytes: you are going to love the ‘full-scale large’ answer.  (Brace yourself – imaging jargon and technical speak ahead.)

There is a fantastic guide I recommend written by Tess McCabe called, ‘Graphic design speak – tips, advice and jargon defined for non-Graphic-Designers’.  Click here to find out more about this guide and the author.   Tess McCabe 

The chapter I found super relevant to this particular topic is, ‘Vive La Resolution!’.  The material I am about to share draws from the excellent (and short!) chapter.

Q.  ‘What is the difference between a high-resolution image and a low-resolution image?’       

There is a big difference between low-resolution and high-resolution images.  Here are two main ways to tell them apart.   

  • By File Size
  • By Pixel Dimension

For a little information about determining image resolution by file size:



  • Take a look at the file size details on your computer.
  • For example: JPEG images above 1,500 KB are an indication of a high-resolution image.  (1,000 kilobytes = roughly 1 megabyte.)
  • You can tell that an image is low-resolution if its size is a few hundred kilobytes or fewer.  



  • On a PC look at the Details view of a file on Windows, or you can right click the image and select Properties – to be able to see the size of the image in kilobytes (KB).
  • On an Apple Macintosh (Mac), you can select the file in Finder and see its information, or you can click More Info.


Next… a little information about determining image resolution by pixel dimensions:



  • Pixel dimensions give you the width and height of an image.  It’s as simple as more pixels = bigger image.
  • As a guide, 100×100 pixels translates to 1x1cm printed at 300 DPI so, 1000×1000 pixels will translate to an image that is able to be printed at a maximum of 10x10cm in high-resolution.



  • On a PC in your Details view on Windows, you can view a column called Dimensions – this will give you a measurement in pixels.
  • On an Apple Macintosh (Mac), the pixel information is in the More Info area.


Q.  What about a practical Splash Back Example?

Of course, your splashback is likely to be larger than 10x10cm.  Say for example your splashback is 250cm long x 65cm high, (printed @ 150 DPI) you will be needing a file size of at least 160 megabytes.  This would be equal to 14,764 x 3,839 pixels.    


Q.  Arggg – do I really need to know all of that?!

“ Beyond knowing how to distinguish a high-resolution image from a low-resolution one… is there a quick and easy way for me to know if my image would work for my splashback size? ” 

The answer is “Yes”. 

If you are working with Visual Resource for your splashback, a simple option is to let VR take a look at your file – then we can give you some advice regarding the size the file may enlarge, before pixelation and poor image quality becomes the print result.  (With Photography as our occupation and passion, the language of DPI, megabytes and pixels is spoken often.  We can save you the trouble of learning this foreign language!)    


Possible Question

You may be asking… “I simply want to use my image for my 3,000mm long splashback – why cant I?” 

A visual answer may help.  

VRArtGlass Original Artwork for Printed Splashbacks

Original Image
Please notice the black arrow pointing to the small pink flowers, top right corner.

Original – Image One

The original image size is 2,592 x 1,944 pixels.  If printing at A4 size this image file would deliver a high-resolution quality print.  For an A4 sized print – it is an excellent image file size. 

Splashback Enlargement – Image Two

Now consider if the same image file was to be used for a splash back sized 250cm long x 65cm high (an average kitchen size).  Please notice (in the ‘original’ above) the black arrow pointing to the small pink flowers, top right corner.

The following pink, blurry, abstract looking image is this section of the original now enlarged to full size.  (You are looking at a portion of the splash back visual, if the full splash back was sized 250cm x 65cm.)

Splashback Enlargement VR ArtGlass Image Portion

Splashback Enlargement
The dainty flowers, once quite detailed… would look like THIS on your splashback.
They no longer have any definition or detail.



The dainty flowers initially quite detailed on the A4 sized print… would look like this on your splashback.  They no longer have any definition or detail.  The file size is simply not going to accommodate the scale of enlargement and retain image quality.

We do not provide this brief image language introduction to bamboozle, to bewilder or deter you if you have your heart set on featuring your own image on your splashback.  As mentioned right at the start – it is possible.  Something we hold dear however, is seeing you satisfied and happy with the end result.  Therefore, we think it is important to be realistic about the limitations of working with small image files when the task at hand is a large, feature splashback.

You may have a high-resolution file if printing to A4 size is all that is required.  Will your image file still be high-resolution when printing to your splashback size?  That is the main consideration.

Once again… I make the helpful offer: when working with Visual Resource for your splashback masterpiece, just send us a file of the image you have in mind and we can give you some advice about the print resolution quality you would see once enlarged to your splashback size.  Nice and easy!

VR Art Glass 'Elements' artwork wide

Our Kitchen Transformation – Inspired by Mother Nature

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‘Mother Nature as an influence is a bottomless resource – she just gives and gives and gives’.  To quote the great Megan Morton from her book – Home Love.  

When I first wrote about our kitchen in October 2013 I said,  ‘… our own kitchen is only suitable for the ‘before’ shot… ’ And now… many months down the track, we are delighted to report that our kitchen face lift is finished and I do believe the kitchen is very worthy of an ‘after’ shot. 

Before & After VR Art Glass Splashback

Kitchen design by Patricia La Torre of Outside Inside Building Elements
Build (or more accurately the craftsmanship) by Tony Bezzina of TCB Cabinets


We often say to people who are considering a VR Art Glass splash back – the selection of the artwork… actually narrowing all of the possible visual options down to ‘the one’, can be the hardest part.   Our experience of making the artwork selection was no exception.

We were however guided by a particular inspiration that did focus the options and lead us to a final selection without too much pondering.  Given we live in an urban setting where exposed power lines and the neighbours’ external brick wall are visible from one window… the available elements of nature seen through our front window is a view we find calming and cherish.  Therefore, adding the colours and forms of our surrounding nature – an enormous tree – and downplaying the various ‘urban’ references we can see – that was the inspiration and direction for us.  Evoking a feeling of tranquillity within our urban abode… that was the aim.    

And so, without hesitation, an artwork from the ‘Elements Collection was selected, and became the design inspiration source for all kitchen materials.  Our designer Patricia La Torre said,

“The materials selected were customised to work in with the various colours in the artwork. With considerable movement in the artwork, it was important that the surrounding colours and materials were complimentary.  The timber panelling to the tall cabinets worked in perfectly with the warm colour in the splashback, simultaneously further connecting the artwork with movement in the grain.  By incorporating colours that relate to the artwork, then the design is more harmonious, balanced and pleasing to the eye.”     

Melb kitchen prior to VR Art Glass Splashback

Our new kitchen without the VR Art Glass splashback… it’s not really working is it?
Something is certainly missing.


Melbourne Splashback VR Art Glass angle

VR Art Glass splashback in place – the kitchen is now complete!
Splashback features art from the ‘Elements Collection’

VR Art Glass Up Close - 'Elements' Artwork

“I try to incorporate some item of artwork or individuality in every design and I think a ‘feature’ glass splashback is a perfect solution!” Designer – Patricia La Torre


Visual Resource Home Reno 1

Home renovation… are we there yet?

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We are approaching the four-month mark on our renovation works at home.  And while the road has been slower and bumpier than we anticipated, now that the end is in sight, we love how these works are going to transform our home. 

If you can remember… we started with an all white, rather plain yet functional enough kitchen.  We now have the pleasure of looking at warm timber grain and the sparkly Jade Amerind finish.  The colour and texture of the finishes are such a treat for the eye!

One of the final pieces to complete in our renovation puzzle will be our VR Art Glass splashback.  I look forward to doing the big reveal on that… in the not too distant future.

Visual Resource Home Reno 2

I am itching to stock the new pull out pantry with goodies.
I had best wait until the door is on though. Not long now – surely!

Visual Resource - home reno - overview

Home renovation update

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“How is your renovation going?”

A common question we are asked at the moment… A question asked by interested friends, the Electrician hoping to finish his work off, and the Glazier who would like to return to take a measure for the new VR Art Glass splashback.  Our reply…

“The renovation is going…slowly.”

It was January 22nd when the first new cupboards were installed into the kitchen.  (All two of them!  With many more still to come.)  Almost one month down the track… please find the ‘in progress’ shots we can share with you.      

The Joiner we are working with creates very fine work.  (A craftsman is actually how we think of him.)  He is detailed, particular and downright fussy in fact.  Not something we feel the need to harass him about…. his fine work will become our home to enjoy for many years.  (I just hope it isn’t years before he is done!)   

At this point in time… there is a renovation cliché I will grasp onto, “the results are worth the pain.”  I am assured when it is all said and done, we will forget the disruption, delays and the dust.   Here is hoping there is a kernel of truth to the cliché.    


Visual Resource - home reno -shadowline detail

Shadowline detail and matching timber grain – just lovely!


Visual Resource - home reno - arggg the holes

The ‘pain’ I mentioned…
Holes the Electrician cut in preparation for power where it has never been before.


Home renovation underway… finally!

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After a few more delays… we are excited to report our renovation works have begun!  Step one – the removal of our ugly duckling splashback. 

Beige Splashback Pre Removal Visual Resource

Existing splashback – ready for removal


Question: if I have an existing splashback, do I have to remove it before putting in the new one? 

We are often asked this question, and the answer is, “you do not necessarily have to remove your existing splashback.”  The option to simply put the new splashback over the top of the existing one – is one possible option.  There are a few things to consider – before deciding.

When leaving your existing splashback, and putting a new one on top – considerations include:

1.     Will you be happy with your final splashback depth?  Picture the depth of your new splashback (from the wall).  It would be the depth of your existing splashback plus another 8-10mm.  Will you be happy with the extra thickness of your final splashback?

2.     Is the existing old splashback surface reasonably flat?  Ideally the surface will be quite flat and even.  But even if it is a little wonky (with uneven tiles for example) – fitting a new splashback over the top may still be possible.  Our Glazier could evaluate the existing surface, and make a recommendation.

3.     And finally, in terms of compliance with regulations: where you have a gas cook top, the distance between the face of your new splashback, and the edge of the heat source (gas burner) will need to be not less than 140mm.   This aspect may be the determining factor influencing the removal of the existing splashback.

For us… we did not ponder the ‘considerations’ at length.  There was an unspoken understanding that the existing splash – had to go.  After all, it has served 7 years; it has done its time.

Splashback-removal Visual Resource

A longer blade (mini saw type tool) was pushed behind the splashback.


The removal – how was it done?

(Please note: we recommend this is a job for a professional, who is familiar with Toughened Glass.  We write the steps here – just for interest.)

  1. The silicone seal all around the edge of the splashback was cut with a blade.
  2. Power point covers were removed, and then power point fittings were unscrewed and pulled out from the face of the splashback slightly.
  3. The attachment between the wall and the top of the splashback was broken.
  4. A longer blade (mini saw type tool) was pushed behind the splashback, to cut some of the adhesives (silicone blobs) holding the splashback firmly in place.
  5. Some fishing wire was also used to slide between the glass, and the wall – aiming to cut through some more silicone blobs.   (Not all – just some.)
  6. After prising the splashback away from the wall at the top (just a touch), then with the assistance of a second person and a suction grip – the panel was gradually manoeuvred away from the wall.  Remarkably – in one piece.  The end!
  7. Our Glazier Jasen was doing the grunt work (and it was hard yakka getting the glass separated from the wall).  Having professional assistance is certainly our recommendation.
Splashback-removal Visual Resource-2

The panel was gradually manoeuvred away from the wall.


Next Steps

On Thursday this week… we anticipate the electrical works and cabinetry installation will begin.  Exciting times ahead!


Splashback-removed Visual Resource

Former splashback gone. The kitchen is now ready for a face lift.

Home renovation project…. more ‘before’ shots

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More ‘before’ shots.
Yes, this is what our cupboards look like – all four of them.


You may recall… I mentioned our project was due to commence in November… 

Well… November came and went, and the kitchen remains a beige beauty awaiting a face-lift.

Perhaps some slippage in the schedule, a few unexpected delays here and there, is all just customary and an essential part of the renovation ‘experience’?  If this is the case, our project will be no exception and is running perfectly to script.

On the bright side – this presents an opportunity to ponder in the ‘before’ a little longer, revealing the internal machinations of our kitchen.  Yes, this is what our cupboards look like – all four of them.  (Please note: no special attention has been given to the styling, in order to dramatise or misrepresent the severity of the situation.  They really are that cluttered and dysfunctional.)

And as for the food pantry… there may be cans of soup up the back, first acquired in 2006.  It’s possible!  (I am really not sure what is going on back there.)

So what is happening next?

As of Monday Nov 25th materials arrived for our Carpenter to start fashioning these materials into something to transform our kitchen.  He is working away in his factory and around Dec 10th is when the installation at home may commence.  I will keep you posted… but those ‘after’ shots are not likely to be available until the New Year.  Sorry to keep you waiting.



The food pantry.
There may be cans of soup up the back, first acquired in 2006. It’s possible!


What sort of splash back do you have?

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As a result of our work we are privileged to be invited into people’s homes, to play a small (yet productive) role within the disruptive process of home renovations, or new home builds. I recall meeting with a client earlier this year as we discussed artwork options for her new kitchen and she asked me, ‘what sort of splash back do you have? It must be good’. My answer was, ‘…a very ordinary one… in fact, it’s quite shameful.’ I am nothing if not honest… but you be the judge… what do you think of our kitchen? (Seen above.) While I can share case studies, showing kitchens we have provided VR Art Glass for – which look lovely, our own kitchen is only suitable for the ‘before’ shot.

Well that is soon going to change! Enter Interior Designer Patricia La Torre of Outside Inside Building Elements.

When we first met Patricia to discuss our home improvements project, our two main concerns were: storage is difficult, and home is not comfortable to live in. Being a good client, I had a brief prepared, and I wrote, ‘we love where we live, and appreciate the many positive attributes of the space. We would however like to make better use of our space and add some design features which will increase the comfort and aesthetic enjoyment of our home.”

Patricia set about designing a very exciting kitchen and living area renovation. And before making selections for the finishes of cabinetry and benches, Patricia wanted our artwork choice for the splash back. Once deciding on Elements # 17, this piece provided an inspiration source for Patricia to recommend finishes and colours for the entire renovation.

The photos show you our kitchen now – the ‘before’ shot. The installation of our ‘home improvements’ project is due to commence in November, so we will share the ‘after’ shots in the very near future.



Our kitchen today


New kitchen & living area design by Patricia La Torre of Outside Inside Building Elements.The refreshed kitchen will feature VR Art Glass – Elements #17 design.


Kitchen Side Wall


Material board showing our finishes for the new kitchen.